State Government planning controls govern and protect native vegetation in Victoria. The Victorian Native Vegetation Framework, ‘A Framework for Action’ is a state planning policy. Clause 52.17 of the Victoria Planning Provisions is the enabling clause.
The goal is to achive a reversal, across the entire landscape of the long term decline in the extent and quality of native vegetation, leading to a net gain.
Net gain is where overall gains in native vegetation are greater that overall losses and where individual losses are avoided where possible. This recognises that although it is better to retain existing native vegetation, it is possible to partially recover both extent and quality by active management, regeneration and revegetation.
A net gain will be achieved as a result of landholder and government assisted efforts to protect and improve native vegetation. In addition, permitted clearing must be offset in a way that adequately addresses future impacts such clearing.
The main objective of the native vegetation policy is to minimise further vegetation loss in Victoria. The Framework outlines a three step process – Avoid, Minimise, Offset.
Development proposals must demonstrate how native vegetation loss has been avoided and minimised. Unavoidable loss must be offset.
Regulations permit vegetation removed from one area be replaced in a different area providing it is within the same bioregion.
The Casey Vegetation Offset Scheme aims to keep vegetation offsets within City of Casey boundaries. The program is consistent with Council’s Revegetation Strategy and makes it easy for developers to meet their offset requirements by investing in revegetation projects in Casey.
The Casey Vegetation Offset Scheme involves the City of Casey taking on developer Offset Projects for a monetary value and implementing them on Council property.
Developers interested in achieving their native vegetation offset obligations though the Casey Vegetation Offset Scheme can contact the City of Casey Environment Department on 9705 5200.